Persistence in Alcohol Consumption: Evidence from Migrants

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Marit Hinnosaar

University of Turin - Collegio Carlo Alberto; University of Nottingham

Elaine Liu

University of Houston

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Date Written: August 2020

Abstract

How malleable is alcohol consumption? Specifically, how much is alcohol consumption driven by the current environment versus individual characteristics? To answer this question, we analyze changes in alcohol purchases when consumers move from one state to another in the United States. Right after moving, movers' alcohol purchases converge sharply toward the average level in their destination state, implying that the current environment explains about two-thirds of the differences in alcohol purchases. The adjustment takes place both on the extensive and intensive margin.

Keywords: Alcohol, Geographic variation, migration, Regulation, taxes

JEL Classification: D12, I12, I18, L66

Suggested Citation

Hinnosaar, Marit and Liu, Elaine, Persistence in Alcohol Consumption: Evidence from Migrants (August 2020). CEPR Discussion Paper No. DP15196, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3688147

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